Burning Bright brings rock and determination into “The Dark”
Burning Bright have been a rock powerhouse helping to fulfill a niche within the Columbus market for the past few years, and it could be argued that The Dark is the culmination of that journey.
It’s pretty apparent that The Dark is a call to persevere – notably, through one’s inner demons. It’s a message that applies equally to mental and spiritual battle, though if one is experiencing the former they may often find deeper meaning when they emerge from the fray. I think that’s what Burning Bright might be trying to convey here.
If monster riffs and huge choruses are your thing, The Dark is here to satiate that appetite. A highlight for me might be “Dancing With The Devil,” a song that has been a live staple of the band for quite awhile yet finds new triumph in its recorded debut. The band takes a page out of the band The Wedding’s book with the addition of some trumpet in the bridge (who here remembers the radio single “Say Your Prayers”?). The band’s breakout single “Stay After Me” makes an appearance here as well, bringing to the table an effect that is just as much a pep talk from a friend as it is a war cry. I like to think the band is preparing for battle and wants to leave the listeners basked in adrenaline and motivated to conquer their own obstacles.
I should also point out that the album, while short, is a story that deserves a listen from start to finish. Spoken word sections that are titled “Journal Entries” in the track listing are brought to life by poet Egypt Ali and double as interludes and proper introductions to each song. It’s effective without being melodramatic. I also appreciate that the spoken word portions are separated from the actual songs; it gives the listener the option of listening to the album as a story or playlisting certain songs without distraction.
The Dark is promising culmination of everything the band has worked on thus far, and I expect them to continue to progress.